Our Views: James Carville was right about the economy in 1992. He still is today.

Our Views: James Carville was right about the economy in 1992. He still is today.

For good or ill, and sometimes the latter as there are many other problems facing the nation, Louisiana’s James Carville once famously framed an election’s bottom line as “it’s the economy, stupid.”

So what does it tell us that the White House is today lamely trying to avoid the R-word?

Economists working for President Joe Biden try to dodge and weave around whether we’re technically in recession. Two straight quarterly reports of a declining economy was never the formal description, but it’s the definition pretty much everybody uses. When you’re arguing the fine print while people are seeing prices soar, you’re the “stupid” in Carville’s phrase.

Inflation for June topped 9.1%, up over 1% from May, marking the first time it’s topped 9% since November 1981, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Pew Research Center found that 70% of Americans view inflation as a very big problem, with 77% saying that everyday necessities have increased in price.

Yes, there are other challenges facing the country, such as supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression; giving credit where it is due, Biden’s administration has done a pretty good job there. The military’s successful drone strike against al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was a huge moment in the long-running war on terror. And fallout over the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade is just beginning.

But the sour mood of the electorate on economic matters should cause concern for Biden’s party in the fall elections — although here in Louisiana there will not likely be many competitive elections for U.S. House and Senate.

And what if there is some good news in the economy, as gasoline prices fall a bit and, as former Obama economist Jason Furman suggested recently, the early GDP numbers are revised upward? That does happen as data is corrected.

Whether it will make a difference to voters still feeling the pinch is the real question.


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